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 June 10, 2023

River Day is designed to encourage appreciation and recreational use of the waterways of the Clinton River
and Lake St. Clair, and to celebrate the leadership of local citizens, organizations, and communities whose efforts are critical to protecting and enhancing the overall quality of the Clinton River watershed.

This June, individuals, businesses, community groups, and local governments across the watershed will join forces on River Day to enhance and celebrate the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. Activities range from nature hikes, canoe trips, fishing derbies, and fly fishing lessons to storm drain stenciling, river clean-ups, habitat restoration, and native landscaping.



River Day Design Contest

The Clinton River Watershed Council is now accepting submissions for its 25th Annual River Day design contest. The contest encourages local artists to get involved in the promotion of River Day, which will be held Saturday, June 10th. The event coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend and Great Lakes & Fresh Water Week. Events occur throughout the entire month of June and will include festivals, fishing derbies, fly-tying lessons, clean-up events, native plant sales, recreational opportunities, and more.

The winning River Day 2023 design will be used on official River Day shirts, the event guide and CRWC website to promote River Day. The winner of the River Day design contest will receive an official River Day T-shirt with their design on it and a one-year membership to the watershed council. CRWC also will feature the artist’s picture and artist statement on the River Day event page on the CRWC website.


  • Artist must reside within the Clinton River Watershed
  • Art must be black-and-white, thick line drawing, absolutely no gray tones
  • Size: 8.5 x 11 inches or smaller
  • The year 2023 must be prominent in the design of the logo, and the design must include the words River Day
    • Electronic submissions (JPEG, PNG, AI, INDD, or PDF files only) are permitted, but they must meet the above requirements and be 300 dpi resolution or greater. Please email electronic submissions to by April 4, 2023
  • Hard copy submissions can be hand delivered or mailed to:
    CRWC, 1115 W Avon Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 and must arrive by April 4, 2023.

Entries will be judged on their ability to convey River Day’s goal of celebration and enjoyment of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair, as well as their clarity and ability to be reproduced easily at a variety of scales. Judging and selection of the winning design will be completed on April 20 of 2023. The winning design will be announced shortly thereafter.

For more information, contact Cole Pachucki at 248-601-0606 ext 25 or

Last year's winner!


Congratulations to Katie Griffen for winning our 2022 River Day logo contest! 
Here is what Katie had to say about her design: "When I was younger, I used to think that my house was the center of the world. As I got older, I began to understand that there were bigger things happening outside of my tiny bubble. I started learning about watersheds and how they connect us all. Regardless of where we live, we're always a part of a watershed. It's amazing to think about how our actions (or inaction) in one area can impact people miles away. I'm grateful for my education on watersheds because it's helped me become more mindful of my own actions - both at home and beyond. Every day, I try to do my part to help keep our watershed. When we take care of our watersheds, everything thrives!".

River Day Sponsors 

Businesses, community groups, local governments, and the CRWC join forces on River Day to plan a range of activities that encourage appreciation and recreational use of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.

Gold - $500
Includes logo prominently displayed on River Day t-shirt, recognition in River News (twice annually), and social media recognition.

Silver - $250
Includes logo prominently displayed on River Day t-shirt and social media recognition.

For more information about sponsoring CRWC programs, click here.



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